Prodigy Search prides itself on exceeding expectations and over-delivering with every executive recruitment search project we engage in. A sample of our recent success stories include:
NEED: The Denver Broncos have been one of pro football's most successful franchises since the merger of the American and National Football Leagues in 1970 and hold the longest sellout streak in the NFL since 1970, with a wait-list larger than the capacity Empower Field at Mile High can hold. Along with their success on the field, their off the field success cannot be discounted; the Broncos have had a great track record with the longevity, retention, and cohesiveness of their staff. In January of 2020, the Broncos lost a key, senior executive to another team in the industry after serving 17 seasons with the club. Broncos Chief Commercial Officer, Mac Freeman, reached out to Prodigy Search to hire a Vice President of Ticketing, Sales and Service.
RESULT: As word spread of a senior-level ticketing vacancy with an NFL club, Prodigy Search began quickly identifying a lengthy list of diversely qualified candidates. In just a few weeks of research and vetting, Prodigy Search presented a short list of immensely talented ticketing professionals representing all five major leagues as well as others in college athletics. Mid-way through the recruitment process, and with great momentum, the sports world shut down as a result of COVID-19. Questions arose as to where and when this hire would be made, if at all. After just a short few weeks, Prodigy Search and the Broncos decided it was best to continue the search process virtually. Through the new normal of interviewing, conducting multiple interviews via various video platforms, the Broncos identified, and ultimately offered the Vice President, Ticketing Sales & Service position to Marc Jackson. This was the first time the Denver Broncos had hired a senior executive without meeting the candidate in-person, as a result of COVID travel restrictions. Marc previously held senior-level ticketing roles with Madison Square Garden, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns.
NEED: The mission of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is to empower Americans who are blind or visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation and physical activities. The USABA contacted Prodigy Search as they were looking to make a few significant changes within their organization. The search committee and acting Chairman, retained Prodigy Search to assist them in their search for the organization's very first Chief Executive Officer. They were also in the process of re-seating their Board of Directors as a number of their members were nearing the end of their term. For the CEO hire, Prodigy Search worked collaboratively with the 5-person Search Committee, as well as oversight from the 10-member Board of Directors.
RESULT: Prodigy Search identified a short list of qualified candidates for the CEO vacancy. The search committee, after a thorough interview process, selected Molly Quinn as their newly-appointed CEO. Quinn was formerly with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Competitor Group. In conjunction with the CEO search process, Prodigy Search was tasked with providing a diverse set of candidates for the open board positions. After a few rounds of group interviews with the Nominating and Governance Committee, along with a final interview with the new CEO, three new board members were voted in and accepted their new roles with USABA’s Board of Directors. Diverse representation was critically important to USABA and Prodigy Search overdelivered on providing a diverse candidate pool with over 50% of their submissions being females and/or ethnically diverse. One candidate was named At-Large Board Director and two additional individuals were named as Independent Directors.
NEED: Established in 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is the independent and exclusive authority directed by Congress to respond to and prevent all forms of abuse and misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The Center is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Center receives, investigates, and responds to reports of abuse and misconduct from individuals affiliated with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and its National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Paralympic Sport Organizations (PSOs). Throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the Center trains athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, and sports organizations at all levels on best practices and principles for preventing abuse in sport settings. In doing so, the Center advances its mission of making athlete well-being the center of our nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability. The Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport sought out the expertise of Prodigy Search as their Board was going through a period of expansion and transformation.
RESULT: Prodigy Search initially sought out to support USCSS in their search for one At-Large and one Athlete Board Member. Prodigy Search was given specific direction on sourcing a diverse candidate pool by way of background and skill set. With that key criteria in mind, Prodigy Search placed three candidates, one more than what they were retained to find, after submitting a total of 34 candidates, 18 At-Large and 16 Athlete prospects. Twenty-four, or 70%, of the candidates submitted were either female and/or people of color. The U.S. Center for SafeSport welcomed the three new members with distinguished athletic and executive credentials to its organization. Kimberly Fields, April Holmes, and Pamela Wheeler officially began their two-year terms in 2021 on the Center’s all-volunteer board.